Heading into Pitt's matchup against Virginia Tech at Heinz Field this afternoon, few gave the Panthers a chance against the No. 13 Hokies.
But Pitt put together its most complete performance of the season and took advantage of several Virginia Tech mistakes in a 35-17 upset victory.
The Panthers (1-2) jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and continued to pound the Hokies with a balanced rushing attack. Pitt finished with 254 yards on the ground and 540 total yards.
Freshman Rushel Shell had his first career 100-yard game, with 157 yards.
Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri was composed and didn't make any major mistakes. He finished 19 of 28 for 283 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Virginia Tech wasn't shy about helping the Panthers earn their first win of the season. The Hokies turned the ball over four times, including two interceptions by Pitt safety Jason Hendricks.
The game served as a preview for Pitt's move to the ACC next season, where they will play Virginia Tech annually as members of the ACC Coastal Division.
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Sam Werner: firstname.lastname@example.org. First Published September 15, 2012 7:30 PM